For the meeting held June 28, 2021:
Moment of Remembrance
Council observed a moment of silence in remembrance of the 751 children found at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School.
Canadian Multiculturalism Day
Mayor Jackie Clayton proclaimed June 27th, 2021 as "Canadian Multiculturalism Day" in the City of Grande Prairie.
The day is recognized nationally to celebrate Canada’s history of multiculturalism and the role that empowering citizens to preserve and share their cultural heritage equally has in shaping and strengthening our society and future as a nation.
Council allocated Arts Development Operational Funding and Pursuit of Excellence Funding to the latest round of applicants as follows:
- Arts Development Operational Funding to Grande Prairie Intercultural Association in the amount of $5,000.00;
- Pursuit of Excellence Coach Funding to Travis Duncan in the amount of $400.00;
- Pursuit of Excellence Coach Funding to Gerald Logan in the amount of $250.00; and
- Pursuit of Excellence Athlete Development Funding to Grace Yakel in the amount of $1,000.00
Alberta Municipal Affairs
Minister of Municipal Affairs Ric McIver wrote Mayor Jackie Clayton in response to her request for additional funding to cover municipal costs of the rapid-flow vaccination site.
Land Use Bylaw Amendment C-1260-138
Council passed Land Use Bylaw Amendment C-1260-138, rezoning the subject site from CA – Arterial Commercial District to DC-29- Direct Control.
Communication on this rezoning proposal was provided to the community through a media release, social media campaign, webpage on engage.cityofgp.com, centralized email at firstname.lastname@example.org, site signage, information handouts to adjacent property owners, and a series of engagement sessions.
The rezoning allows the existing hotel development to be used for permanent supported housing and transitional housing with support services, such as health and counselling services, to be provided on-site directly to the residents.
It also allows the City’s Community Social Development and Enforcement Services Departments to establish offices on the site. City Council would be the Development Authority for all uses and standards in this district.
Development of Permanent Supported Housing and transitional housing is consistent with the Homelessness Strategy for Grande Prairie 2021-2013. Providing housing in combination with such support services has been identified as the most effective way to end homelessness.
Development Permit PL210231 - Change of Use to Permanent Supported Housing with Onsite Supports and Services at 12102 100 Street
Council postponed discussion of Development Permit PL210231, for the change of use to Permanent Supported Housing use with conditions, to a future Council meeting.
Development Permit PL210234 - 12 Storey Mixed Use Apartment Building at 10125 100 Avenue
Council approved Development Permit PL210234, subject to conditions, which adds an amendment to a previously approved development permit for a Mixed Use Apartment Building to increase the number of floors from 10 storeys to 12 storeys.
AUMA Resolution - Property Assessment Averaging
Council endorsed the AUMA Property Assessment Averaging Resolution submission.
The resolution advocates for amendments to the MGA that would give municipalities optional tools, such as assessment averaging, to address the impacts of major shifts to annual property assessments, reducing hardship for property owners who have not budgeted for a large tax increase.
AUMA Resolution - Regional Centre Funding
Council endorsed the AUMA Regional Centre Funding Resolution submission which advocated for a dedicated funding stream for municipalities who serve as regional service centres.